Downtown Aiken Restaurant Closes Its Doors
A fixture of The Alley in Aiken has closed its doors, according to one of the owners.
Trio Bar and Kitchen, which had been open for the last five years and became a popular local restaurant, closed on Sunday after the owners of the business were unable to negotiate a new lease with the property owner.
Janice Rodriguez, co-owner of Trio, said the cost of renewing the lease was “nothing reasonable,” nor was the asking price for the building.
“We’d been going back and forth since January, and we just couldn’t come to an agreement,” Rodriguez said. “We actually tried until Sunday, the last day in September, to continually try to make this happen, to get a new lease. We were hoping until the last minute that we were going to be able to come to a deal. They just wanted more money. They just wanted too much money.”
Trio Bar and Kitchen was co-owned by Rodriguez, Jeffrey Jordan and Philip Jordan. Bryan Mitchell was also a partner for a time. The restaurant was originally named Up Your Alley Chophouse when it opened in 2013.
Rodriguez said business was booming and that Trio was “the place to be.”
“It’s sad for everybody,” Rodriguez said. “It’s sad for all of our employees. It’s sad for the people of Aiken. It’s a shame. We’re definitely disappointed.”
Neither Rodriguez nor the other co-owners have plans to reopen the restaurant elsewhere, Rodriguez said.
“We worked hard for five years, we were successful for five years, and we’re just gonna call it a day,” she said.